Nephrologist, Father, DJ
“For somebody who might have a family, I would argue there is no better place in Canada to work as a physician.”
Dr. Derek Chaudhary is a Nephrologist as well as the Medical Director of the PEI Renal Program. He began practicing on the Island in January 2010. Since then, he has witnessed tremendous growth of the program. At one point, all renal medicine was covered through Halifax. Doctors would either come to the Island or patients would have to travel. Today, the program is completely independent, offering every type of service a patient would need on the Island, aside from renal transplants and a few specialized procedures.
When Dr. Chaudhary first started, he was one of two physicians in the program. As the program grew, it was soon discovered that a third physician was needed. With the support of Dr. Miller and the Physicians Recruiting Physicians program, they were able to begin the recruitment and retention process. Following an interview and a site visit, a third nephrologist accepted the position and started in September 2021.
With units in Charlottetown, Summerside, Alberton, and Souris, it is a full provincial program. He and his team focus on strong communication and patient-focused care. Dr. Chaudhary is encouraged to work with individuals who are compassionate and collaborative.
“We have amazing colleagues here. Everyone that I’ve worked with, the vast majority, provide great care and are motivated to do so.”
Along with his full work schedule, Dr. Chaudhary balances a busy home life. He has four children and enjoys staying active. He plays in a football league, dedicates his evenings and weekends to spend time with his family, and finds time for his passion – music.